Top Brain, Bottom Brain
Surprising Insights into How You Think
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
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In this groundbreaking contribution to the literature of human personality, a celebrated psychologist and an award-winning author offer an exciting new way of thinking about our minds—and ourselves—based on a new way of looking at the brain.
With cowriter G. Wayne Miller, Dr. Stephen M. Kosslyn, a leader in the field of cognitive neuroscience, explains an exciting new theory of the brain for the first time. Summarizing extensive research in an inviting and accessible way, Kosslyn and Miller describe how the top and bottom parts of the brain work together, producing four modes of thought: Mover, Adaptor, Stimulator, and Perceiver. These ways of thinking and behaving shape your personality, and with the scientifically developed test provided in the book, you’ll quickly be able to determine which mode best defines your dominant mode of thought. Once you’ve identified your dominant cognitive mode, the possible practical applications are limitless, from how you conduct business, to your romantic relationships, to your voyage of personal discovery.
For the past fifty years, popular culture has led us to believe in the left brain vs. right brain theory of personality types. Right-brain people, we’ve been told, are artistic, intuitive, and thoughtful, whereas left-brain people tend to be more analytical, logical, and objective. It would be an illuminating theory if it did not have one major drawback: It is simply not supported by science. In contrast, the new theory is based on solid research that has stayed within the confines of labs all over the world—until now.
Stephen M. Kosslyn, PhD, is director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, where he is also a professor of psychology.
"An exciting new way to think about our brains, and ourselves. Original, insightful, and a sweet read to boot."
-Daniel Gilbert, Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, author of the international best seller Stumbling on Happiness
"Kosslyn and Miller have written a lively, informative, and easily assimilated summary of several important principles of brain function for the general reader who does not have the time or background to follow the complexities of neuroscience research but would like a scaffolding on which to place the new facts that dominate each day's headlines."
-Jerome Kagan, emeritus professor of psychology, Harvard University
“A bold new theory, with intriguing practical implications, formulated by one of America’s most original psychologists.”
-Howard Gardner, co-author of The App Generation
"Kosslyn is one of the world’s great cognitive neuroscientists of the late 20th and early 21st century."
-Steven Pinker, bestselling author of The Language Instinct